likeitis Super Role Model
Erin Rose Young
Have you seen this advertisement?
It's crazy. I cannot believe that Fitness First has to guilt people into joining their gym by weighing them at the bus stop!
The bus stop was created in the Netherlands. What happens...
1. You sit on the seat.
2. Your weight comes up.
Just what you want to know at 7.30 in the morning!
Beauty, body image and how we appear is such a weird, obsessive and challenging thing. Messages and images telling us how we should look, what we should eat and how we can improve ourselves are all around us, insulting, screaming and bombarding us.
Throughout my short life it seems that I have been forever surrounded by a war that is going on between people and their bodies.
It seems like we are never happy with who we are, what we have or where we are going.
We are constantly seeking new ways to mould, measure, adapt, surgically remove, enhance and advance the make up of our bodies, in an attempt to achieve the unrealistic and the unnatural.
So what to do...
Well I could ignore it, but I can't.
I have created a magazine called REAL, a mag for girls that is written by girls. It's full of honest, raw and amazing stories that inspire and engage everyone and anyone that reads it.
I think Fitness First forgot to realise is that the 'privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.' We are not our weight, and we should not have to be defined by this!
I hope that we will soon see the end this ‘body war,’ so then all our energy can be channelled into producing, writing, moving, making and creating amazing and incredible things.
Meet our first likeitis Super Role Model for 2009!
Introducing Erin Rose Young (pictured left) - an inspiring young Victorian girl who is a great example of what one can do when you set your mind to it…even at the ripe, young age of 21!
We had a chat to Erin and found out a little bit about her journey so far and the inspiring new magazine she created for young girls, REAL magazine. Check out what Erin had to say below.
L: Congrats Erin on becoming the first likeitis Super Role Model! Tell us a bit about yourself.
ERY: My name is Erin Rose Young and I am 21 years old and currently live in the leafy suburbs of Ascot Vale in Victoria. I spent my childhood feeding calves, milking cows and playing netball, tennis, swimming and athletics with my two brothers and younger sister in Stanhope.
L: What sort of music do you listen to?
ERY: Regina Spektor is one of my favorite musicians along with Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse and Pink. In my final year at Kyabram Secondary College I was School Captain, yes I did try to sing a song to the whole school at assembly, unfortunately I don’t think there is any chance of a future career on stage.
L: We hear you’ve done a bit of travelling and worked overseas. How did this all happen?
ERY: In 2006, I moved to Melbourne to begin a degree in International Studies at RMIT University. I lived on campus for six months before being selected into the University Mobility Asia Pacific Program, so I packed my bags and moved to China to study and travel for five months. It was a crazy time, a new language, strange foods and a whole different world…I loved every moment.
In 2007, I spent two weeks in the Philippines volunteering in Cebu with a group of fifteen other university students from around the world. We designed and implemented a project that would (and is still) helping to educate communities about worm infections and ways to protect yourself. Working with the poorer communities that were prone to worm infections made me realize how lucky we are here in Australia.
L: And then you decided to start your own magazine. You are a busy girl!
|ERY: REAL magazine seems to take up most of my life, but I love it, it is what I am passionate about and I would do it forever if I could. REAL is a magazine that is for young women aged between 12 and 18, I am the editor and I produce it along with two friends and my younger sister. I created REAL in response to the high levels of low self esteem found in young women. I always wanted to produce something that inspired young women using honest, raw and real content. Like Martin Luther King says ‘I have a dream,’ well I honestly do have a dream, I dream that REAL will build self respect and self esteem in everyone and anyone that reads it.
L: What’s your trademark saying?
ERY: ‘Ooops I think I may have the wrong class!’
I constantly say this because I am constantly late and very bad with classrooms, directions and getting to places. Luckily enough the new course that I have started is in only the one classroom. I commenced a Certificate 4 in Small Business Management through the NEIS Program in early February this year. It has been a fantastic learning curve and if successful I will be given mentoring and financial help for a year to start my own business.
L: Where do you want to live when you’re old?
ERY: Somewhere over the rainbow is where I would love to live when I’m old. I want to travel the world, Las Vegas, Russia, Italy, Scotland, I want to climb the pyramids (I’m sure if that’s allowed) and scuba dive in the Meditteraen Sea.
L: Most inspiring quote?
ERY: Even when I am sad, lonely, angry, frustrated, sick or just really annoyed this quote makes things seem slightly better…most of the time. ‘I believe that everything happens for a reason, people change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so you can learn to appreciate them, when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.’